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New Great Plains IDEA Podcast Offers Faculty and Adult Learners Support With Distance Learning

Posted by Carlo Bertolini

Topics: Student Advising and Coaching

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) has launched a three-part series that is part of its “Get Online…” podcast. The podcasts, which focus on academic advising, are available at www.gpidea.org/podcast. Listeners also can find “Get Online...” at most podcast directories.

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Is There an App for That? The New Age of Career Services Is here

Posted by Sean Hudson

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Student Advising and Coaching, Advising Resource Center, Career Services

The old career services model—where students seek out help with job searches, resume writing and career preparation—was never all that exciting or engaging for students in years past, and chances are that many of the career services offered today haven’t changed much, other than using new high-tech tools and directing students to online job postings. The truth is that, historically speaking, colleges haven’t made career services a big priority.

Students can tell. In fact, according to a recent survey by the Strada Education Network and Gallup, nearly 4 in every 10 college students have never visited their colleges’ career offices or used their resources.

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Refine Your Tuition Assistance Program: Provide Support, Guidance and Maximum Choice

Posted by Lynn Schroeder

Topics: Best Practices, Student Advising and Coaching, Tuition Reimbursement, Tuition, Advising Resource Center

It’s widely understood that tuition assistance programs provide a win-win benefit for both employers and employees; workers see their company as an employer of choice for providing educational resources and career opportunities, while employers benefit from improved employee engagement, retention, and knowledge and skills development.

Because of these benefits, employers are accelerating their commitments to offer and reshape educational resources for workers. How can businesses ensure that they’re providing the greatest benefit for their employees while realizing a substantial return on their investment?

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First-of-its-kind Study Confirms: Education Advising is Essential

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Student Advising and Coaching

Stakeholders in higher education and employers alike agree: The choices students make in higher education will have a significant impact on their career trajectories. It follows, then, that students would also greatly benefit when they have access to advising which they can harness to make informed choices.

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Colleges, Students and Employers Agree: Career Services are Vital

Posted by Jennifer Groh

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Student Advising and Coaching

Earlier this month, author of “There is Life After College” and Washington Post writer Jeff Selingo shared his thoughts on how to improve campus career centers to support students’ post-graduation job prospects. Citing a 2016 Gallup study that found that 40 percent of recent graduates never visited their career centers, Selingo noted that institutions must overcome reservations many students have about the value of career services offerings.

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University of Akron Students Give a Look at the Nontraditional Student Experience

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Student Expectations, Adult Learning, Student Advising and Coaching

Nontraditional students have a lot to gain by receiving a post-secondary degree or credential. As we all know, however, those same students face a number of unique challenges as they pursue their academic goals—challenges that, if unmet, could slow or even halt their progress entirely.

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Reinventing Career Services Webinar Recording Now Available

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, Student Advising and Coaching, CAEL News, career development, Adult Learning Success

Earlier this month CAEL hosted a webinar, Reinventing Career Services, focusing on the career services renaissance taking place at higher education institution campuses across the country. Providing details around the career services trends we’ve been following, inspired by our efforts working with Miramar College in “reimagining” its campus career services, the webinar shared perspectives on the subject from both employers and colleges.

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Career Services Reinvention is Everywhere - Hear What Employers and Colleges are Saying About it

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Career Mapping, Student Advising and Coaching

Do you ever notice that when you’re shopping for a new car and you decide on the car you want, that you begin to see that very car everywhere? It’s the most popular car on the highway – or so it seems.

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How Pre-Enrollment Advising Helps Colleges Market to Adult Students

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Structural Approaches to Learning, Adult Learning, Student Advising and Coaching

In his article in volume two of the 2015 CAEL Forum and News, Kevin Ezzell, Director of Accelerated & Graduate Programs at Albright College, shared his thoughts on how pre-enrollment advising can help students succeed at both two- and four-year institutions. Throughout the article, Pre-Enrollment Advising Can Be Your Strongest Marketing Tool, Ezzell discussed the importance of pre-advising, a proactive approach in working with prospective transfer students to provide guidance throughout their time at their community college.

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The Value of Self-Reflection Practices in Experiential Learning

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, Student Advising and Coaching, Adult Learning Success

In volume two of CAEL’s 2015 Forum and News publication, Antioch University Los Angeles’ (AULA) Rosa Garza-Mourino, Director of External Partnerships; MeHee Hyun, Co-Chair of Undergraduate Studies; and Andrea Richards, Dean of Assessment and Student Learning, provided insight into how the adult-focused liberal art institution’s experiential learning program follows an advisement model that “anticipate[s] students’ needs, monitor[s] their progress, and intervene[s] at critical moments.” This model “leads to faculty-intensive interactions with students” which orients students, identifies past and current interests, builds an academic experiential learning proposal, creates reflecting learning products and encourages students to look back at self.

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